October storm cost Toms River $800,000
An early October storm came with a hefty price tag for a Jersey Shore town.
Toms River Administrator Paul Shives says the storm cost the town $800,000. That includes employee overtime and payment for about 300 truckloads of sand that the Ocean County town placed on the beach.
The Asbury Park Press reports the town will pay for the sand using money from a $1 million grant for sand purchases it received from the state Environmental Protection Department.
Council members and residents have called on the state and the Army Corps of Engineers to move quickly toward obtaining easements necessary for a beach replenishment project.
Councilwoman Maria Maruca says it will be "nerve-racking" to live through winter with no dunes.
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